Writer/Director Mike Flanagan Discusses Netflix’s Upcoming The Haunting Of Bly Manor

After the success of The Haunting Of Hill House and currently occupying the director’s chair for the anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, filmmaker Mike Flanagan is excited to continue his run of dramatic horror for the Netflix audience. The Haunting Of Bly Manor, Flanagan’s follow up to his previous project for the streaming service, looks to conjure up more scares than before. Flanagan sat down with Birth.Movies.Death to discuss what is to come in the next chapter of his horror anthology, stating that Bly Manor will be “even creepier than Hill House.”

Like his previous project, inspired by the Shirley Jackson series, The Haunting Of Bly Manor is also inspired by a classic—Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn Of The Screw. Unlike the previous films inspired by James’ novella, Flanagan looks to draw more inspirations from the author with the long series format he has at Netflix.

“We’re looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season, so it very much is a whole new deal. It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about season one, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time. For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary. I already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it.”

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Additionally, Flanagan explained that he will continue to solely use the practical effects that were featured in The Haunting Of Hill House.

“That’s part of the DNA of The Haunting for me—that old-school approach to the ghosts. In particular, we’re having an enormous amount of fun talking about how to take some of the ideas from season one about hidden ghosts and things like that, and find new gears for them this time. It’ll be the same type of story, and we’ll treat the ghosts very much the same way.”

Once he is done with The Haunting Of Bly Manor, Flanagan’s next project will also reside in his current streaming service home. This time around, he will be directing the Netflix original limited series Midnight Mass, the story of a young priest who experiences unusual events when he arrives in a small town. Midnight Mass has been a passion project of Flanagan’s for the past six years. “For years, I’ve sat on it and waited for the right moment,” he said. “For a while I was like, ‘No one’s going to make Midnight Mass, no one will let me do it,’ and now they’ll let me do it, so I’m going to go do it while I can!”

Doctor Sleep hits theaters this November, while The Haunting Of Bly Manor is set to be released some time in 2020.

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